Social Media Defends Jackie Chamoun

February 11, 2014  

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When I first read the story on Jackie Chamoun I thought, “Wow this will not go down well for her.” And at first it didn’t. Media tried to tear the Olympic skier apart for stripping down for an Austrian calendar three years ago and the Ministry of Sports even announced it would launch an investigation. Jackie quickly spoke out and apologized via her Facebook page, saying the photos wrongly reflect the conservative culture in Lebanon. She also stated some important things: that she had never seen the images uploaded and they were not supposed to go public. It’s important to remember amid all the talk of lady parts, that her rights have been violated.

While the video and images circulating now show her topless, the photos that were actually used in her calendar shoot can hardly be called provocative. What’s surprising—and restores my faith in Lebanon—is that after the initial whirlwind of negative attention, the entire issue had a huge turnaround. She is being hailed by many as a national hero, and Facebook posts, tweets and Instagram pictures of all things Jackie are overloading the news feeds of the Lebanese and their friends worldwide. Aside from the massive upsurge in likes on her own Facebook page, hashtags like #StripForJackie, #BoobsNotBombs and #NotAScandal made an appearance, with many many many people voicing their support, and opinions that this uproar is completely absurd.

I wouldn’t strip for a calendar. But my opinion doesn’t matter. Whether or not you agree with nudity or Jackie’s decision to be a part of this calendar doesn’t matter either. While we focus on a couple of photos, the US media are praising her achievements. Jackie is an Olympian, and if we have any national pride at all we should support her as one of only two Lebanese representatives in the games. Jackie is also a woman, and a human being, and that gives her the right to do whatever she wants with her body. I think we can all agree that there are so many other concerns Lebanon’s people can focus on, valid issues that desperately need attention. If only our decades-old electricity problems, recent turmoil or even the story of a woman beaten to death by her husband just last week could garner as much attention as the bosom of a young athlete. While some irresponsible media outlets tried to bash Jackie or exploit the violations against her, it’s reassuring to see that there are many citizens who do see what’s right, what’s wrong, and what really doesn’t matter.


2 Responses

  1. dala rishani February 11, 2014

    U make us proud! We love u!

  2. Jean Pierre Chalouhi February 12, 2014

    I’ve been posting this in many places as I wish Mr Karami and ALL other Leaders to read this somewhere, anywhere: To ALL and ANY political leaders WORLD WIDE, NOT ONLY IN #LEBANON who wish to save their countries reputation with small and silly stuff, look at the past YEARS of history YOU’ve created.
    No wonder citizens all over the world have lost faith in political “leaders”.
    A TRUE leader is who shows to be a good example for EVERYONE to follow, STOP acting as though you are fighting like kids among each other and playing people and nations around like puppets and creating crimes of war, famine, economic meltdown, ecological and health disasters etc.
    We all know you are SLAVES to big multi billion corporations and you can DIE if you do NOT follow what you have been “nicely” ORDERED to do by their puppets and economic hitman.
    Do NOT forget, you are OUR EMPLOYEES, you MUST follow what WE tell you and NO-ONE else. Your salary is being paid by our taxes and many other ways you are ROBBING and RAPING the country and the nations. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME.
    Be brave and loyal for ONCE, cooperate within one an other and start making a better world for all of US to live in, including yourselves, you are also part of US, STOP behaving as though you are not part of US, as though it is you against us and us against you. The time to cooperate is NOW.
    All past deeds can and will be forgiven and long forgotten and you will be very much loved, appreciated and with greater POWER once you FOCUS on TRULY making a BETTER difference for the people. #ProudOfYouJackieChamoun ♡ JPC ♡


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